posted on March 09, 2013 16:43
GULF SHORES, Ala-- The University of Mobile softball team used an unconventional 8th-inning double play to hold on for a 1-0 win against St. Thomas on the final day of pool play action at the Gulf Coast Invitational.
Mobile (10-4) will await word on its bracket assignment for Sunday at the Gulf Shores Sportsplex.
The Lady Rams' Alli Hall and the Bobcats' Cristina Sacramento put 0's on the board through seven innings to force Mobile to play an extra inning contest for the second-straight day.
In the top of the 8th, using international tie breaker, Ashley Middleton moved up to 3rd on an errant pickoff attempt and then scored on Brittany Dunson's hard single up the middle. The Lady Rams went on to load the bags in the inning, but could only muster the one run.
Sacramento started the bottom of the 8th by ripping a single through Hall's legs into center field, but Dunson came up firing and gunned down Sasha Horton at the plate. After applying the tag, catcher Emily Vickrey turned and fired to second to hose Sacramento at second. Hall then induced a fly out to end the game.
Hall worked eight innings of six-hit shutout ball for the win, fanning four and walking five. Sacramento struck out nine and allowed only one unearned run on eight hits for the Bobcats.
Jordan Coleman went 2-for-4 for Mobile, while Dunson finished 1-for-4 with one RBI.